It's hard to go to Newmarket with a runner in a maiden race and think you have a chance as you are often up against some of the bluest bloods in racing but our youngsters put in some great performances against the big boys in HQ this week. Both Raha and Noble Account were sent off at massive prices by the bookies but ran well beyond their expectations when finishing on the heels of the leaders at the Rowley Mile on Thursday evening. Both horses have shown lots of ability at home but we are only bringing them along slowly as they will both improve with time so there's no point in hammering them when they aren't fully mature yet. I expected our two-year old runner Lily Bonnette to run a similar race to the other pair but she got some serious stage fright and, after a slow start, she backed right away from the rest of the pack and came home in her own time. It was a shame that she couldn't show her true ability but the experience should sharpen her up for next time.
Now the turf season is in full swing and we've had some rain to provide some decent racing ground, we'll be flat out this week with loads of runners.
Miss Green Dream is declared for Redcar on Monday and it looks a trip worth making as the 3 year old staying races are few and far between at the moment so you have to go where the opportunities are. She looked like she would stay this extra trip last time and she has a good attitude to go with it so hopefully she can be competitive.
The following day sees us with three runners. Down at Brighton, I'm Brian will be having his third career run to qualify for a handicap rating whilst Wilson can hopefully get the strong pace he likes and make up for a wasted trip last time. In his last race they went a slow early pace which didn't suit him and he couldn't get involved but there are more runners this time so hopefully that means he can chase a stronger pace and come with a late rattle. Charlie Bennett will be riding both.
Meanwhile at Wolverhampton, Sophie Ralston will again be claiming 7lbs off Highway Robbery's back as the pair are reunited after a good fourth place last time. He is a very honest gelding who stays well so I see no reason why he shouldn't be in the prize money again.
Wednesday sees another meeting at Yarmouth and once again we will be out in force with six entries.
Spanish Mane and Boxatricks are both in the one mile race but it looks unlikely that the former will get a run as she is rated above the handicap and is the first to be balloted out. Boxatricks will get a run though and hopefully he can be in the mix. He was hanging right last time which cost him ground but hopefully he can get drawn in the middle of the pack this time and that will help him run straighter.
Sir Fred hasn't been seen this year because of the firm ground this spring but he is ready for a run and should be plenty fit enough after doing lots of work at home. Things will be tougher for him now that he is a four-year old and not getting age allowances off older horses but he is very honest and that should help him out in races.
Telekinetic ran very well at Yarmouth last week when finishing third over 1m2f and she was staying on well that day at the finish so the step up on trip this time shouldn't be a problem. Hopefully she can take two quick runs but she came back from her last race in good spirits and has seemed fresh at home since then so we will take our chances.
Exning Queen will be making her debut in the maiden race and she will learn a lot for the experience. She is a bit lazy at home so hasn't been setting the gallops alight but the race should make her sharpen up a bit and give her some education.
Rounding off the day will be Oud Metha Bridge. He was a winner at the course last time and went up 3lb in the handicap afterwards which was fair enough. He should have lots of confidence now and can hopefully continue his good run of form.
The week comes to an early end on Thursday as Sea Shack is our final runner. He runs with his heart on his sleeve and is never beaten far but just can't get his head in front, as much as he deserves to. He was dropped another 1lb in the ratings last week so that may be enough for him to get that elusive win.
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